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Big Read

Listing all of Ernest Gaines’s achievements would likely take up an entire paragraph or five. There’s been a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and critically acclaimed books such as The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman , A Gathering of Old...
Just in case you haven’t heard the news, we added three new exciting novels to the Big Read canon: Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea; The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri; and True Grit by Charles Portis. Throughout the year, we’ll be showcasing excerpts of audio that never made...
Keyboard 2 by flickr user john_a_ward When the Big Read launched in 2006, the program’s library consisted of four titles: The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Fahrenheit 451. All were American classics, representing the lives, fears, and difficulties of...
Parul Sehgal. Photo courtesy of Ms. Sehgal In honor of the National Book Festival this weekend, we asked literary critic Parul Sehgal to reflect on the power of books in her life. An editor at The New York Times Book Review, Ms. Sehgal previously worked as the books editor at NPR.org, and as a...
This week's podcast goes backstage with John Collins, the director of Gatz. This remarkable play takes as its text F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic of and about The Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby . The Great Gatsby was also one of the first titles chosen for the NEA's Big Read program , which...
This week's podcast is a little bit different. We wanted to continue the conversation begun with the recent issue of NEA Arts which focuses on the rich intersections of the arts and the military. So, we asked Vietnam veteran and author Richard Currey to share his experiences reading Tim O'...
It's a great day for American literature! Today, the NEA announced $1 million in funding for the 2012-2013 Big Read . As we toast our 78 new grantees, we thought it would be a good time to remember the core message of the program: that reading can change lives, change minds, and change...
March 15, 2010 Los Angeles, CA Portrait by John Sherffius Rocco brings his California Art Works tour to Los Angeles today, which is also home to one of our favorite authors, Ray Bradbury. Bradbury's visionary novel, Fahrenheit 451 , was one of the first books chosen for the NEA initiative, The...
January 29, 2010 Washington, DC Concluding his January 6th PBS News Hour interview with Rocco , PBS's Jeffrey Brown invited the public to send in follow-up questions and comments. Mr. Brown has published Rocco's responses on his blog...